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Report: Dodgers Interested In Pirates Maholm

The Dodgers are looking to upgrade their starting pitching with Paul Maholm of the Pirates, writes Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Pirates starter Paul Maholm, an industry source outside the team said this afternoon.

There has been no indication from the Pirates that Maholm or any player is on the trading block, though they have acknowledged that they will listen to offers.

The left-handed Maholm is 6-7 with a 4.03 ERA this season, although he is averaging a career-low 4.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He is under contract through next season, with a club option for 2012, per Cot’s Contracts:

2010: $4.5 million
2011: $5.75 million
2012: $9.75 million option, with a buyout of $750,000

If Maholm is acquired on July 31, he would be owed roughly $1.57 million through the remainder of this season.